Humongous

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If you missed the transit of Venus yesterday and won’t be around when it happens next in 2117 (why not … what’s wrong with you?) here is the best collection of video and images available:  http://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/vis/a010000/a010900/a010996/index.html  They are fantastic, especially the time lapse video.
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I also wrote months ago about the Dawn probe  which is looking at the asteroid Vesta, out between Mars and Jupiter. The photo I put up then was pretty blurry because the probe was still a long way out.
Since then the images have become spectacular:
   
Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/UCLA/MPS/DLR/IDA
This was shot in July last year. Now a new video clip has been put on-line which is just delightful. It adds colour to what is a pretty dull surface and is worth a look: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=fXFm3YOL3ho   Nice.

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